Historic opera house in Staples is up for auctionThe Historic Batcher Block Opera House in Staples will be sold via a sealed bid auction in September.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
The Historic Batcher Block Opera House in Staples will be sold via a sealed bid auction in September.
Maas Companies, an auction company specializing in the selling of real estate and special assets will conduct the sale. Bids can be submitted until Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00 PM CDT at which time a winning bid may be awarded, negotiated or the top bidders may continue to a limited live auction.
Built in the early 1900s, the 30,500 Sq. Ft. 3-Story Historic Brick Building was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The National Register documents states, “it may be
one of the best preserved rural opera houses in Minnesota.” The theatre portion of the building
contains original Fresco painted walls, stage and balcony seating and touts performers such as
Mickey Rooney and Louie Anderson with. In addition to the arts, the building is designed for
multi-use with a antique mall on the main floor and multiple private rooms on the 2nd and 3rd
floors ideal for offices, sleeping rooms or rental spaces, plus a large basement for storage.
The building is located in the town of Staples, an area thriving in recent years. According to the
City of Staples, “Staples is the only community in the area with upward trends in both
establishments and employees. We want that to continue and will utilize any tools
available to us in order to attract new businesses to our area.”
Local owner Colleen Donley, states, „The building will be sold with or without the
Historic Designation, Making it possible to work with or without Special Funding
sources depending upon the use of the space. The building has a stunning theatre and
also offers opportunities for Retail Space, Room Rentals, Condos, or Offices. The
building possibilities are endless and city monies may be available for qualified
renovations.” Donley and her twin brother Chris Frost purchased the building in 2003
but recent health challenges are driving their decision to sell the building.
Potential buyers are encouraged to inspect the property during the below noted times; or by
Monday, August 29 noon – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6 noon – 5 p.m.
Monday, September 19 noon – 5 p.m.
Details of the sale are available at the auction website, maascompanies.com or by contacting the
auction company directly at (507) 285-1444 as well as You Tube, Batcher Block Opera House